Self Cleaning and Sharpening Garden Tool Hack

I love a hack.  We all have chores and things we have to do.   Anything that makes life easier and leaves more time for the things I want to do, I’m all for it.  Today I’m sharing a super easy hack that will make at least one of those chores easier!

Instead of cleaning your gardening tools a couple of times a year, this hack will help keep them clean and maintained every day without even trying!  This quick and easy gardening tool cleaning and sharpening holder is a DIY project that gets a gold star!

To make your own cleaning and sharpening garden tool holder, you’ll need:

  • a mid-size terra-cotta pot
  • spray paint (optional)
  • a bucket or container for mixing
  • sand (enough to fill the pot or pots you are making)
  • mineral oil or baby oil

Painting your pot is optional but If you want to add a pop of color to your garden…go for it!  I used the Outdoor, Color + Protection Paint and Primer combo from Valspar.  It took one coat inside and out to cover the pot completely.

While the paint is drying, mix up your sand and oil. Pour your sand into the bucket or container, along with 20-30 ounces of mineral oil. (If you can’t find plain mineral oil, you can also use baby oil – which is simply mineral oil with fragrance added!) Use a trowel or other garden tool to stir the sand and the oil together until the oil is distributed evenly throughout.

Cover the drainage hole in the bottom of the pot with a couple of pieces of duct tape.

This functional and decorative and cleaning and sharpening garden tool holder will be a great addition to your garden!

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